Fairfield Finns farm is a 50 minute drive from Melbourne via the Calder highway, Bullengarook is situated in the beautiful Macedon Ranges.
Visitors are always welcome to our Finn sheep farm to purchase from the wool shop or buy fleece straight from the shearing shed. We have finished shearing for 2021 so lots of lovely fleece available.
We also cater for groups with a farm tour and country morning tea or lunch, bookings essential.
At Australia's recent biggest Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo we achieved some excellent results. We entered 3 fleece. The black and coloured won first and second, and also Best handcraft fleece. Our white fleece won it's section of Commercial crossbred.
This is the other part of the prize winning fleece at Bendigo. It flicks out beautifully and has a 14 cm staple.
Fairfield Finns is an ethically run family farm at Bullengarook in Victoria’s beautiful Macedon Ranges. We breed our Finns for their exquisite, soft wool, their calm temperament and their clean breech and short tails. Our sheep are never mulesed and tail docking is unnecessary.
Finns are multiple lambing, rare, heritage breed sheep that can have up to 7 lambs in one birthing. Our highest is Quintuplets, but there have been septuplets born in Australia. Our farm is a delight in spring time with many sets of triplets flourishing in the paddocks, and we usually have some bottle fed lambs also.
We believe the friendly temperament of the Finns is inherent from being in sheds for most of the year in Finland. We have bred up black Finns from Bond Corriedales over many, many years and believe these are the only Pure bred black Finns in Australia.
Finns have recently been added to the Rare Breeds Registry and have been classed as critical in Australia because of such low numbers.
If you would like to try Finns we do have limited numbers of sheep at $800 per ewe and $1200 per ram.. We are selective in where the animals are placed. Semen is sold for $50 per straw, Australia wide and more for overseas depending on which country it is exported to.
The wool is unique in its very low prickle factor – you can wear it against your skin. In Finland it is worn as underwear throughout the winter.
Our yarn is 100% Australian. Grown here at Bullengarook, scoured at Geelong and processed at Bacchus Marsh, then spun at Wangaratta. This is some of the only Pure Finn Yarn available in Australia.
Have a look at our shop. We sell raw fleece and tops for spinning and felting, and of course our beautiful yarn.
Maureen & Gerry Shepherd
We have a wonderful historic shearing shed on our property and our name is Shepherd – how could we not have sheep!
We have been breeding Finnsheep now for 29 years. It has been a steep learning curve but our management of our Finns has improved over the years and we can always look forward to lambing percentages of well over 200%.
After visiting Finland in 2004 we were keen to try to breed the first coloured Finns in Australia. Import of semen from Finland is almost impossible now so we have bred up from coloured Bond Corriedale sheep. Breeding for colour has also been interesting and now we have some very nice black and grey Finns.
As a passionate spinner and knitter myself I am very proud of our products and offer a 100% money back or exchange guarantee if for some reason you are not happy with your purchase.
Thank you to all who attended out open day on March 28th. We enjoyed catching up with old friends and the children who came enjoyed talking to and feeding the sheep. Our grandchildren again entertained us with some lovely music. The garden was a picture and the weather held for us!
Now we look forward to Bendigo Sheep and wool show in July.
Ahhh of course Bendigo was cancelled. As farmers with just a small farm shop and stalls at about 4 events each year Bendigo is our big one. Thank you to all who are now ordering through our online shop.
Please call ahead to make a booking.
1275 Bacchus Marsh Road,Bullengarook, Victoria 3437